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Mighty Moonflash Posts Fastest Zia Derby Qualifying Time
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Pierre and Leslie Amestoy’s Mighty Moonflash won the first of four Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs, posting the fastest qualifying time for the $139,483 final on July 26.

Prepped by Ross Amestoy and ridden by Tanner Thedford, Mighty Moonflash covered 400 yards in :19.465, and his winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths from sixth-fastest qualifier Threedeewoodee. The homebred First Moonflash gelding’s victory was his second in nine starts.

Mighty Moonflash was coming off of a 2 1/4-length win as the 13-10 favorite in a 400-yard maiden special weight race for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds on June 22. The gelding’s sire, First Moonflash, was last year’s leading freshman sire.

Kia Won, the second-fastest qualifier, won the third heat by a neck from fourth-fastest qualifier DM One Hot Charmer. Under jockey Sergio Becerra Jr., the gelded son of champion Ketel Won went 400 yards in :19.582 while scoring his fourth win in 10 outs. Gene L. Burden saddled Kia Won for owners Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios, who acquired the gelding for $5,000 at the 2012 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

The complete list of qualifiers for the Zia Derby appears below:

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)



G, First Moonflash-Workslikeacharm by Northern Score (TB)

Pierre & Leslie Amestoy

Pierre Amestoy (NM)

Ross Amestoy


G, Ketel Won-Major Kia by Major Rime

Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios

Mr. & Mrs. R.C. Jones (NM)

Gene L. Burden


F, First Moonflash-Diamonds N Rainbows by Rabbits Rainbow

Bobby Simmons

Dosi & Norma Alvarez (NM)

C. Dwayne Gilbreath


G, Corona Caliente-DM Charmer by Royal Shake Em

Reed Land & Cattle Co. and Bill Moler

Don Moler (NM)

Gerald Reed


G, Latest Version-Jets Magic Doll by Magic Dozen

Luis A. Lujan

Kirk K. Natzke (NM)

Ramon A. Alvarez


G,Woodbridge-Three Dee Dreams by Heza Fast Man

Gary L. Thompson

MJ Farms (NM)

Emilio Cadena III


G, Chicks A Blazin-Love At First Glance by First Down Dash

Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Saumell, and Johnny C. Martinez

Mike Abraham(NM)

Paul Jones


G, Genuine Strawfly-Hidden Dragon by Dean Miracle

Regal Racing Stables LLC

Rafter W Stables(NM)

Umberto Belloc


G, Sixes Royal-Earth Angel Baby by Deferred Sentence

Luis Rogelio Nava

Mike Abraham (NM)

Gene L. Burden


F, Royalty On Watch-My First Corona by Corona Cartel

Victor Diaz

Victor Diaz (NM)

Martin Orona Jr.


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